Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory Test | Final Test - Hard

Peter Barry
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following term is about "lexical items" (words) which cross the boundaries between sentences, binding them into a single continuous utterance, even though they are grammatically separate sentences?

2. Barry structures the work of Genette on a range of ________ questions to detail the process of telling.

3. According to the narrator, all of the following authors were major proponents of ecocriticism except for whom?

4. According to the narrator, post-colonial criticism gained currency through the influence of all the following books except for which one?

5. According to the chapter "New Historicism and Cultural Materialism," the notion of the state as all-powerful and all-seeing stems from the post-structuralist cultural historian ________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What do ecocritics do according to Peter Barry?

2. According to the narrator, what is one significant effect of post-colonial criticism?

3. How does Barry use the term "discourse" in relation to narratology? Who else used such term according to Barry?

4. What are some of the advantages of new historicism?

5. What were some of the influences on early Marxist thinking?

6. In what way does the narrator say queer theory differs from lesbian feminism?

7. Briefly discuss the ancestry of post-colonial criticism.

8. What is discourse as it relates to new historicism?

9. Briefly discuss what post-colonial critics do according to the narrator.

10. How does stylistics differ from standard close reading?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and discuss Peter Barry's instructional approach to literary theory.

Essay Topic 2

Identify, discuss, and analyze the history of English studies as foretold by Peter Barry.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the relevance of Beginning Theory to English literature today.

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